According to the 1995 Policy of Education, ‘the most important underlying principle guiding tertiary education is that it must provide and cater for highly qualified, top level and specialised manpower for the nation.’ The School of Education is one of two founding faculties of Njala University and for over fifty years its mandate continues to be to provide specialisation for teachers in all the school disciplines of knowledge at all levels of the educational system. The School also ensures that staff and students become interested in research and maintain social commitment to the society and the nation. The School is presently located in Towama campus but lectures are conducted in all the locations of the University: Bo, Njala and Freetown. The School of Education is unique among all the other schools as it offers both NCTVA programmes and university programmes. NCTVA programmes include: Teachers’ Certificate, Higher Teachers Certificate Primary and Higher Teachers Certificate Secondary. The School is famous for its robust post graduate programmes and many of its graduates include most of the principals and senior administrators of educational institutions in Sierra Leone.
The School has invested in the production of quality education for the citizenry of Sierra Leone. The PhD in education programme has provided opportunities for the creation of one of the most competent and enviable faculty in the nation. However, as a result of the eroding status of teachers nation-wide, the enrolment rate in the School is low, especially in the Sciences, French and Creative Practical Arts. All of the departments and Institutes are now embarking on programmes to increase access and improve the quality of education to meet the needs of today’s workforce. These include: the inception of the distance education mode of learning in the southern region of Sierra Leone which runs programmes at the T.C, HTC (P), HTC (S), B.Ed and the Post Graduate Diploma in Education. The School is a key stakeholder in all professional life long education courses and in-service training of teachers not only in the region but nationally.
There are six departments and institutes which are the:
The Institute of Languages and Culture
The Centre for Pedagogical Excellence
The Department of Teacher Education
The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education
The Department of Agricultural Education and Home Economics Education
The Department of Mathematics and Integrated Sciences